On Sunday, May 15, from noon to 3 p.m., the Academies at Gerrard Berman Day School in Oakland will unveil its new greenhouse at an environmental fair. Participants will have the chance to plant seedlings in a raised bed garden, use 3D design and printers for creating hydroponic garden containers, and build mini greenhouses.
The fair celebrates GBDS’s service-learning project, which will beautify the school grounds and grow vegetables in the garden. The project is part of its Leader In Me culture, encouraging children to develop leadership and life skills.
The school’s Green Team is overseeing the environmental initiatives and many subteams are handling various aspects of the project. One team designed and built raised bed planters, another identified plants for different uses. The preschool and elementary school team will help plant seeds, care for all plants, and maintain earthworm compost bins. There is also a team committed to collecting such hard-to-recycle items as snack wrappers and electronic waste, and another team is in charge of advertising all of Green Team’s hard work with fliers, press releases, and T-shirts.
The Academies at GBDS is at 45 Spruce St. Admission is free but reservations are requested; to make a reservation, email GBDS@ssnj.org.